Multicultural And Social Issues In Psychology – psych620 (3 credits)

This course provides students with an in-depth investigation of cross-cultural issues and perspectives in the field of psychology. Students learn to identify and consider cultural and systemic variables in psychological theory, research, and practice. Multicultural issues, social dynamics, social justice, and valued diversity are emphasized.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Introduction to Social Psychology

  • Define social psychology and multicultural psychology.
  • Explain the concept of situationism.
  • Summarize research strategies in social psychology.

  • Evaluate the effect of group influence on the self using classic and contemporary literature.

  • Compare and contrast conformity and obedience.

Social Biases

  • Differentiate between prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination.

  • Explain the differences between subtle and blatant bias.

  • Discuss the influence of social psychology research on humanity.
  • Analyze the concept of social bias.

  • Identify strategies that can be used to overcome social biases.

An Overview of Multicultural Psychology

  • Define key concepts of multiculturalism.

  • Explain cultural characteristics of diverse populations.

  • Identify issues related to multicultural diversity.

  • Explore the history and role of multicultural psychology in society.

Multicultural Research

  • Identify instances of ethnocentricity in psychological theories.

  • Identify considerations unique to multicultural psychological research.

  • Explain the ethical guidelines unique to multicultural research.

Cultural Awareness

  • Define diversity.

  • Discuss the scope of diverse populations.

  • Describe how being a part of a diverse population influences an individual’s personal psychology.

  • Evaluate sociopolitical factors and their psychological effect on diverse populations.

Emerging Issues in Multicutlural Psychology

  • Examine the evolution of multicultural psychology.

  • Address emerging social issues using multicultural principles.
  • Describe emerging issues in multicultural psychology.

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